Pandemic forces Roof Above to 'reimagine’ seasonal housing program for Charlotte homeless

CHARLOTTE — The coronavirus pandemic is forcing organizers to “reimagine” a valuable resource for Charlotte’s homeless community during the harsh winter nights.

Roof Above said it won’t be able to move forward as normal with its “Room at the Inn” seasonal housing program, which utilized churches and other community resources for temporary, nightly housing.

The agency said it’s taking steps to increase capacity as cold weather arrives. Starting Dec. 1, it said it will be adding beds at the men’s shelter and reopening an expanded shelter on Statesville Avenue.

But for the first time in 24 years, churches won’t be involved.

>> In the video at the top of this page, Channel 9 reporter Mark Becker looks into options for those struggling to find shelter.